Mauricio Pochettino is undoubtedly one of the stand out young managers, if not managers, in world football right now.
Since arriving in North London, he has transformed Tottenham into a top four side, challenging for titles and trophies.
However, there are still two things missing from his reign, funding and silverware.
Spurs tumbled out of the FA Cup this evening after losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace, and there were a number of mistakes from the Argentine that led to Tottenham’s demise.
It is well know that Poch doesn’t see the domestic cups as his main priority, and that attitude is the first nail in the coffin in my opinion.
However optimistic you are as a fan, the cups are still currently Spurs’ easiest and most realistic route to a trophy, and neglecting them is just to continue the decade long wait without so much as a fight.
Poch’s line up this evening was a joke, choosing a mixture of players who rarely ever start, and a few more coming back from injury.
Walker-Peters on his weak foot. Trippier out of form. An unfit Eric Dier. Inexperienced Oliver Skipp. Deadwood Nkoudou. Struggling Llorente. An unfit Lucas Moura.
Realistically, these players were never going to be capable of beating Premier League opposition today, and perhaps Poch knew that.
He left Eriksen at home, despite the fact that the away match was still in London, and he was already without Kane, Alli, and Son.
Not even naming Eriksen on the bench seemed completely absent of any logic, as did not adding Harry Winks and Danny Rose to the match when Spurs were clearly knocking on the door in the second half.
Tow players in form, attacking, and on the top of their game could have made all the difference. But instead, fans were treated to a sloppy and unfit Victor Wanyama, recently back from injury, an academy graduate, and Mr Left Foot, Erik Lamela.
It just seemed as though Pochettino barely tried to win today.
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